The Knowledge Network for Innovations in Learning and Teaching (KNILT)

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KNILT logo designer: Hope Zhang (11th-grader)



Welcome to KNILT, an open online knowledge space where educators can find, share, and develop new ideas to improve education for the 21st century contexts, with over 600 mini-courses for teacher learning, more than 10,000 users each week, 1 million users in the last 3 years.

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Announcements and updates (Jan. 24, 2023) — The University at Albany and its School of Education have placed #4 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best online master’s in education programs, moving up four spots from last year. This is the seventh year in a row that the school has landed in the top 10 programs nationwide. See news release. (more news... Archived announcements)

Overview of KNILT

KNILT is a long-term, ongoing project situated in the graduate courses and research projects led by Dr. Jianwei Zhang at the University at Albany, SUNY (see Zhang Research Lab). Students enrolled in these classes (e.g. systematic design of instruction and learning technology in the MS CDIT program) carry diverse expertise as PreK-12 teachers, college instructors, technologists, instructional designers, curriculum coordinators, online education specialists, and other professionals. Their expertise is brought to bear in an authentic, semester-long project. Each class member goes through the systematic processes of learning design to create an online mini-course targeting teacher learning of a high-need topic, which may focus on a new pedagogical approach, a subject-specific teaching/assessment strategy, or a new technology tool. See University at Albany news release: ETAP Students Create Mini-Courses to Empower 21st Century Educators.

Since its inception in September 2007, KNILT has accumulated more than 600 mini-courses; this number grows each semester. The mini-courses are continually used by students for peer learning within each class and across different cohort groups. The mini-courses are further made freely available to educators from all around the world, who search for new ideas, strategies, and tools to renovate their teaching. During the pandemic from January 2020 to January 2023, close to 1 million users from 230 countries/regions have accessed the mini-courses. See KNILT:About for more information about the history, development, and outreach of the KNILT site.


Featured Mini-Courses

Below are a few examples. Check out the Repository of Mini-Courses and Instructional Cases for many more mini-courses and cases.

Safe and productive education during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Improve STEM learning and teaching

Improve literacy, language, and arts classrooms

Social studies and civic education

Support social and emotional learning

How to learn/teach online

New learning technologies, competencies and environments

New approaches to assessment and evaluation

Special education & diverse learners





This network is designed and coordinated by Dr. Jianwei Zhang who directs the Technology-Augmented Co-Creativity Lab (TaCCL) at the University at Albany's School of Education. Special thanks to the technology team at UAlbany's Academic and Research Computing Center (ARCC) and Information Technology Service for their strong ongoing support.